Google Compute Engine is “generally available” and it’s still not Amazon Web Services

  SUMMARY:Google probably does need to become feature-competitive with AWS sooner rather than later, but that doesn’t mean it necessarily needs to match AWS tit for tat. Maybe being Google will actually pay off in the end. Google finally designated its Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service offering as generally available on Monday, about 18 months after announcing the service ...

How can I keep API keys out of source control?

If you want to use a free source control service, there are still a few options. Stack Exchange This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites. Will asks: I’m working on a website that will ...

Google compute cloud load balances 1 million requests per second for $10

Google boasts of giant Compute Engine demo, boosts uptime with live migration. We hold Google ransom for… one million Web requests. New Line Cinema Google Compute Engine, the company’s infrastructure-as-a-service cloud that competes against Amazon Web Services, is trying to take reliability and scale to the extreme. Last week, the company said it was able ...

Microsoft takes development into the cloud with Visual Studio Online

Visual Studio 2013 lands alongside a cloud-hosted IDE. Though it has been available on MSDN for a few weeks now, today marks the official launch of Microsoft’s flagship development environment, Visual Studio 2013. In addition to supporting Microsoft’s latest platforms—in particular, Windows 8.1—Visual Studio 2013 includes some pretty neat productivity features. Revision history and work ...

Amazon’s big reveal at re:Invent: Desktops as a service

  photo: Amazon Web Services SUMMARY:Amazon Web Services announced a new service called Amazon WorkSpaces during its re:invent conference on Wednesday. If it can deliver VDI and gain traction where others have not, it could be a big boon for the company. Amazon Web Services has been courting enterprise IT users pretty heavily for the ...

Amazon says CloudTrail will track all those API calls for risk-averse enterprises

  photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:So just who is making all those API calls to your Amazon Web Services and what are those calls doing? Amazon’s new CloudTrail aims to corral that for you. That companies will move even their mission critical applications to the cloud is not a question of if but when, according to ...

Amazon cloud delivers virtual Windows desktops to PCs and tablets

Windows and Microsoft Office delivered to iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire. Deploying an Amazon virtual desktop. Amazon Amazon has been a cloud computing giant for years, delivering infrastructure-as-a-service that lets businesses and developers build and host applications in Amazon data centers. Now, the company is using its cloud to deliver virtual desktops to any Windows ...

Microsoft and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, hello cloud!

The following post is from Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. On Wednesday at Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) event in New York, I joined Cisco CEO John Chambers to announce an expanded partnership between our two companies. Microsoft and Cisco have a long history of collaborating to help customers address business and technology challenges. ...

Networking Without Limits: SDN

After nearly 40 years of creating enterprise software, there are few companies who have come to appreciate the importance of infrastructure in the quite the way we have at Microsoft. We recognize that to host great software and great apps, you need an equally great infrastructure for your datacenter. At Microsoft, we create and deliver ...

EMC finally gets into the all-flash game with first XtremIO units

  SUMMARY:Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC. In one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, EMC on Thursday is launching solid-state storage arrays resulting from its purchase of XtremIO a year and a ...